I’ve been taking it slow on poker that past few days as I’ve spent more time trying to train Ace to not destroy the house when I leave.
I did find time, however, to take in the fast-growing tournament in Las Vegas Saturday morning at Green Valley Ranch.
GVR has had a 10AM daily tourney as long as I can remember. Friday and Saturday’s fields were always the best. Any given Saturday you could expect 50-60 players. Through word of mouth (the greatest promotion any poker room can have) the field has exploded the last four weeks. Yesterday the field again cracked 120 players for a $45 buy-in event.
I can’t tell you the exact size of the player count or prize pool because I was bounced in level two. It was just bad luck I ran into aces twice and queen once while holding top pair or two pair each time.
Inexplicably, the field for the Sunday through Friday 10AM tournaments has gone unchanged. Sundays and Fridays have around 40 players. Monday through Thursdays feature around 30 players.
I would love to post every night how I am just killing it playing poker, but some night just suck. You try to make the right plays and they don’t work out. You ram an A-Q into and A-K. You turn a set into someone else’s straight. This was one of those nights.
The day after failing to cash in the in the Golden Nugget tourney I was back at it with Wasted Aces co-founder Ben D. tackling the $1-$2 No limit game at Green Valley Ranch.
I was late for the game and when I got there Ben was absolutely killing it. Ben with chips gets a little dangerous because he gets loose and can attack you from all different angles. He felted me once with a flopped straight while holding a 4-7 offsuit.
I played badly and left felted. Nothing good to report tonight.
For the first time in (ever?!?) I’ve played poker five straight nights, all at Green Valley Ranch.
My timing was terrible yesterday. I was working on a project for one of my business clients that needed to be done, but it wasn’t really urgent. I spent a little too much time on the project. When I got to GVR at 3:15PM the bad-beat jackpot has just hit. If I had just arrived about 20 minutes later I would be $431 richer for getting a player share.
It didn’t cost me anything to miss out on the bad beat jackpot so it wasn’t a big loss. I got to visit with a few dealers and players while I waited for a new game to start.
I started off in a $3-$6 limit game and eventually moved to the no limit game. I played a few hours but only managed to eek out a $45 profit.
Today I had a little time to get back to GVR before meeting a friend for drinks. It was just a 90-minute session, but I picked up $100 in profit with some timely cards.
If you see me out tonight, I will have one of these in my hands. By the way, a vodka cranberry is just called a vodka cranberry and DOES NOT contain a lime. If you order a vodka cranberry WITH a lime it’s called a Cape Cod.
I’ve been off the blog for a few days because I have just been so busy with the hustle. The hustle is making is rain, and it’s starting to pour.
One of my main business clients is Tanner’s Bar & Grill in the Kansas City area. My company has produced their clothing for more than 10 years. If you have ever been in a Tanner’s and noticed the clothing on the wait staff and the bartenders, it originated with me.
For more than 25 years Tanner’s has never stopped growing. In addition to their locations throughout Kansas City there are also locations in Nebraska and Wisconsin.
The newest location opening in two weeks is in Aggieville, home of Kansas State University. Tanner’s contracted me to produce the shirts for them. In preparation for their opening Tanner’s placed a large order of grey and white short-sleeve and long-sleeve t-shirts, and purple tanks. Everything is going to be Kansas State Wildcats colors.
For a big chunk of the weekend and through this morning I was knocking out more than 300 shirts with the cool new Aggieville Tanner’s logo on them. The apparel is now on its way to Kansas City just in time for the opening.
The Aggieville order comes on the heels of another order of Tanner’s tie-dyed shirts for a promotion for one of the Kansas City locations. I don’t even know which Tanner’s is doing this promotion, but the shirts sure looked cool.
In addition to all the apparel production I have been working behind the scenes on a new job in poker. I have been auditioning at a number of different places looking for the right fit. I am very close to securing a position at a major Las Vegas Strip casino. More details to come soon.
Back on the felt from the player side I have been playing quite a bit of no limit hold’em at Green Valley Ranch. Prior to 2014 I had rarely played much poker at GVR, and preferred going to the Strip. However, I am enjoying the game at GVR, getting to know the locals and seeing a lot of my old friends and clients who’ve migrated over from my old place of work.
I’ve bagged six winning sessions in the past eight. Although I am only plus $362 for those eight sessions it feels good to be on the positive side.
It is not just raining, it is pouring. I don’t have an umbrella. And it feels great.
The great news is my buddy Ben D. is back in town after a five-month absence from traveling. The bad news is my two-night poker adventure with him has been up and down.
Sunday we went to Green Valley Ranch for some $1-$2 NL action. I got off to another bad start while Ben double up. Then he lost three-fourths of his chip while I rallied to a $50 profit.
Then I fell back to a $90 loss when my Q-Q lost to a 5s-9s on a board of Qd-10s-2h-3s-4s. Yes, I flopped a set of queens and my bet was called by a guy holding 5s-9s. When a fourth spade hit the turn I put him all in for his final $63 and he snapped called and caught his flush. That is poker.
Ben rallied to carve out a $15 win before he went off to dinner with some visiting friends. I was still stuck so I played longer. About 90 minutes later, I won a big pot with a full hour and left +$198.
Monday night wasn’t as lucky. My stack went up and down like a roller coaster all night. Ben met me after work and absolutely killed it. I didn’t count Ben’s stack when he cashed out for the night but between his big keno win and the poker he was at least +$2,000
I spent most of the night stuck, and stuck significantly. I just couldn’t finish a hand. And all four times I had Aces I raised preflop and only captured the blinds.
I finally called it a night -$137. As far as I was down at one point it almost felt like a win.